Chain link fences are popular for their affordability, low maintenance, and durability. We’re often asked how many posts they require.

Chain link fences have two types of posts: terminal posts and line posts. Terminal posts are larger and stronger than line posts and are used for corners and ends of runs. They are also necessary when there are sharp changes in grade, such as a steep hill or a dip in the ground. Line posts are typically smaller in diameter and provide support for the fence fabric in between the terminal posts.

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Terminal posts are required at corners, ends of runs, and anywhere the grade of the land changes sharply.

For residential fences, line posts are needed at least every 8 feet. For commercial fences, the spacing can be up to 10 feet because of the stronger grade of the frame and mesh. Having the correct spacing between line posts ensures that the fence fabric remains taut, preventing sagging and reducing the chances of the fence falling or leaning.

The spacing between line posts affects the overall strength and durability of the fence. Homeowners can upgrade their residential fence by reducing the spacing between line posts to six feet. The more line posts there are, the stronger the fence.

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